First Parish of Norwell
First Parish of Norwell Sunday Morning Worship<br/> The Pulpit Adult Choir<br/> First Parish of Norwell<br/> First Parish Members<br/> Baby Care and Preschool Children's Playground The James Library The Kent House<br/> The North River Sharing a Meal<br/> Grandma's Attic at the Holiday Fair Alliance Bake Sale Holiday Fair Knitters Gift Baskets at the Holiday Fair Close-up of the solar panels All Church Family Picnic<br/> Rev. Dr. Len DeRoche blessing the animals. First Parish of Norwell First Parish of Norwell with carriage sheds Rev. Len on Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Candlelight Community  Service

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Are you looking for a welcoming location for your special event? Consider First Parish of Norwell. Our beautiful and historic meeting house, built in 1830, and our adjoining Parish Hall and Fogg Parlor are available and handicapped accessible. The meeting house has a long center aisle and is well lit by daytime sunshine or evening chandelier & candles. Organ, piano, & harpsichord as well as a sound system are available. More info....

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New Committee for Legacy Giving has been established. View Guidelines for Legacy Giving here.

The Parsonage Remodeling Project


See the transformation. Click here for photos.

First Parish of Norwell
Unitarian Universalist

First Parish of Norwell is a liberal church in dialogue with the religious questions of the modern world, yet still honoring the best within our Judeo-Christian heritage. Recognizing no distinction of class, sex, nationality, race, age, or sexual orientation, ours is a Welcoming Church that stresses the need for community amidst the impersonality of the secular world. First Parish of Norwell is a member church in the Unitarian Universalist Association. First Parish of Norwell is a distinguished New England congregation serving the area including Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Hanson, Hingham, Scituate, Pembroke and other south shore towns for over 360 years.

Sunday Service 10 a.m.

January 11: Changing Stories

It's about how we all "do theology" - sometimes without realizing it - through the stories we use to make sense of our lives and the world. The Rev. Pamela M. Barz has served as minister of the First Parish in Scituate since 2013. A life-long Unitarian Universalist, she is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Divinity School and has served as a settled and interim minister in UU and UCC churches in Massachusetts and Maine and as the Chaplain to the UU community at Wellesley College. She lives with her husband and their 11-year old sons in Scituate.

January 18: Martin Luther King Day

For his birthday weekend I will talk about some of his lesser known history. Traditional songs of the Civil rights era will contribute to the service. View the new movie "Selma." This will also be Service/Outreach Sunday.

January 25: Robin Williams' Dark Night of the Soul

Robin Williams suffered from depression, his dark night of the soul, despite his gregarious persona.

February 1: William Blake, Mystic

William Blake was not a Unitarian or Universalist, yet some of his visual and verbal image I find profoundly mystical. We will sing the hymn "Jerusalem" from the British tradition.

February 8: Chocolate Communion

Beige Line

UUA video - Blessings from Our House to Yours!

Check out this amazing new video of nearly ninety heartwarming photo blessings from UU congregations and groups set to an original song by The Ever Hopefuls from Jefferson Unitarian Church - Golden, Colorado. Thank you to all of the groups who sent in their photos that made this video possible!


Our Minister

Rev. Dr. Len DeRoche


Minister Emeritis

Richard M. Fewkes



First Parish of Norwell
24 River Street P.O. Box 152
Norwell, MA 02061
TEL 781-659-7122
Fax: 781-659-7939



Office Hours:
Tues. - Thurs.: 9-1 p.m.
Friday: 9-12 p.m.
(The office is closed on Mondays)

The Church Office will be closed on Tuesday, January 27 and Wednesday, January 28 due to the upcoming blizzard. Assuming there is electricity, we will reopen on Thursday, January 29 at 9 a.m.

Also Tai Chi class is postponed until next Tuesday Feb. 3rd.


Search Committee News

This is the spot where the Search Committee will post updates and news to keep the congregation informed about their search for a settled minister.


Worship Volunteers Needed

Can you provide a pulpit arrangement for an upcoming service? Would you like to host Coffee Hour? How about being an usher? Would you like to assist Rev. Len with lighting the chalice? Please consider signing up! Sign-up sheets for the upcoming church year are posted in the Parish Hall, or you may contact Hope in the Church Office.


In Case of Severe Weather

Should severe weather necessitate cancellation of any church activities, we will make every effort to leave an outgoing message on the church's voicemail & send an all-church email with the cancellation.

We will notify WATD radio in Marshfield (95.9 FM), WCVB – TV (Channel 5), WHDH 7News and radio/AM 680. We will also make every effort to post updates on Facebook. However, power outages or lack of internet access may affect our ability to communicate with you. Please be cautious and use your best judgment!